Date Published: 23-May-2012
The sentencing of a Gort man over a child pornography offence has been deferred until July.
Noel Murphy of 2 Sheehaun, Ballysheedy in Gort appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal today [May 23] where the matter was referred to the probation services.
Dublin born Murphy had pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography when he was arraigned in January.
He was first arrested on June 2nd last year  and was later charged.
641 images of category two child pornography were identified after completing a forensic examination of computer media seized.
The images were burnt over several sessions between 11th June 2006 and the 4th December 2009.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court today, evidence was provided from a consultant psychologist that the defendant now accepted what he did was wrong and also accepted that the images were porn and not an art-form.
Judge Raymond Groarke raised concerns that the man had on previous interviews said the images were art and also highlighted concern that an item of child’s underwear was found in the boot of his car during the investigation which Murphy maintained belonged to his girlfriend.
The consultant psychologist said he didn’t believe the man posed a serious risk, had been compliant with medication and had not been admitted to hospital since 1996.
He suggested that Murphy is formally assessed by the probation service for consideration under the RM 2000 risk assessment.
Judge Groarke described the case as appalling and said he was concerned as to the risk posed by the defendant going forward.
He then referred the matter to the probation service and adjourned sentencing pending its inquiry until July 9th.
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.